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Six Spot #10: Best Supporting Actress 2008

Oscar Question

Oscar Question


Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2012 Best Actress Six Spot, you can catch it here.

Here, we begin the 10th Six Spot with a category I’ve been planning on doing for a long time: the 2008 Best Supporting Actress race. Why have I waited so long to do this category? What’s so exciting about it? If you were following closely in 2008, you know that Kate Winslet was a surefire bet to win that category going into Oscar nomination morning….but only to be nominated (and later win) in Lead. Following Barry Fitzgerald’s dual 1944 nominations for both Lead and Supporting for the same performance in Going My Way, the Academy changed their rules regarding nominations. If an actor gets votes in two categories for the same performance, whichever category has the more number of votes will be the one that “counts,” and the other is ignored for purposes of nominations in that category. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb saying that surely Kate Winslet got enough votes to be nominated in Supporting Actress—but she got more votes in Lead.

So, assuming she would have been a nominee in Supporting, that means one of the actual 2008 Best Supporting Actress nominees was the Six Spot, and thus landed a nomination because of Winslet’s dismissed votes. Which of the Oscar-nominated ladies almost wasn’t a nominee? We’ll find out in this Very Special Edition of the Six Spot!

Here goes nothing!


The First Five Spots

 Winslet Cruz Penn

The Academy Award nominees were…

  • Amy Adams, Doubt
  • Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis, Doubt
  • Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Breakdown of Seasonal Hardware

 2008 Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, Doubt
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA
  • Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    • Key Wins: BAFTA, LAFCA, NYFCC, NBR
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, SAG, BFCA, NSFC (runner-up)
  • Viola Davis, Doubt
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, SAG, BFCA, LAFCA (runner-up), NYFCC (runner-up), NSFC (runner-up)
  • Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    • Key Nominations: SAG, BFCA
  • Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
    • Key Nominations: Golden Globe, BFCA, BAFTA


  • Kate Winslet, The Reader
    • Key Wins: Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA (Lead), BFCA

What do you think?

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Written by Sam Coffey

Attorney-at-law, Oscaroligist, coffee lover, Fantasy Football silver medalist, soccer fan (Orlando City SC), Geoffrey Rush enthusiast, and Time's 2006 Person of the Year.

Sam joined The Awards Circuit in January 2014, predicting all award shows with 100% accuracy ever since. A.K.A. "the stat guy."


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Robert MacFarlane

There’s a part of me that’s happy Winslet was nominated in Lead, because it was category fraud to say she’s supporting. On the other hand… it’s such an average performance. I prefer her in The Reader to Revolutionary Road, but she’s done better than both performances. And before someone starts railing against me for *daring* to not praise the high heavens for her in Road, spare me the hyperbole.

Anthony Moseley

Can’t disagree with this one. 2008 was definitely not the best year for Supporting Actress contenders.

Stan Mannana

Maybe Best Actress 2011? Or Supporting Actor 2013.
Best supporting actor 2004.
Best picture 1998
Best Director 2012
Best Actor 2011

Just some ideas.


Although I 100% agree that the spot was Adams, I would have said that it was between her and Henson, not her and Tomei. Yes, the Academy loved the film, but her nomination seemed to come out of nowhere during the second phase of the season. Since Rourke missed a SAG nomination, and seemed like a lock, I wouldn’t say that hurt Tomei’s chances at all. She seemed somewhat of a sure thing nomination morning whereas Henson was not.

Also, Best Director 2010 or Best Actor 1997 would be cool.


My heart was all in for Rosemary DeWitt for Rachel Getting Married, and I actually think she had a chance for 6th spot because of her chemistry with Anne Hathaway.

If I was in-line with ur argument, I would argue that Henson was the sixth spot. Awards bodies really loved Doubt’s performances nonetheless, thus I think Amy would be safe.

I would love it if u can do older awards, like the 1950 Best Actress Race or 1991 Best Actress race or 1970s something Best Actor Race.


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